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Womens Day 55

Public Invited to Interfaith Rally in Support of Israel

22 Oct

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee invites you to an interfaith solidarity rally in support of Israel and her people on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Sing, dance and pray for peace as we gather together at J.D. Hamel Park in Sarasota (at the end of Main Street and U.S. 41).

  • This event is free and open to the public

  • Wear blue and white to show your support of Israel

  • Bring your own signs (JFED SRQ Will Have Some Available at the Rally)

  • Parking is available at the Bayfront and Palm Avenue parking garage

  • For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at

Contact your representative and urge him/her to sign onto a bipartisan letter to Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that is being circulated by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY). The lettter encourages Abbas to end the incitement of the recent violence that is occurring in Israel.

From the Desk of Howard Tevlowitz

20 Oct

Note to the U.N.:
Don’t Tamper with the
Jewish People’s Holiest Site

western wall

Photo: via Google Images

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is asking you to take action now. The Palestinians, with key Arab support, are seeking to undermine the historic attachment of Israel and the Jewish people to Jerusalem.

A resolution at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) would designate the Kotel (Western Wall), the only still-standing remnant of the Temple in Jerusalem, as solely and exclusively an “integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

This resolution is a malicious lie brought forth on behalf of the Palestinians by Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. If passed, it would be a systematic erasure and undisguised historical revision, robbing Jews of their history and identity.

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Attacks in Jerusalem’s Old City Must Stop

8 Oct
A Jewish boy lights candles where a stabbing attack took place in Jerusalem's Old City, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. A Palestinian stabbed a Jewish seminary student in Jerusalem on Thursday as the Israeli prime minister barred all Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting a sensitive holy site in the Old City in an effort to calm tensions that have gripped the country for weeks. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

A Jewish boy lights candles where a stabbing attack took place in Jerusalem’s Old City. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is saddened by the deaths of Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banito, 21.

Both were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist during a stabbing spree in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday night that also wounded Banito’s wife and 2-year-old baby. Hours later, another Palestinian terrorist stabbed Moshe Malka, an Israeli teen, near the Old City’s Damascus gate. Both terrorists were shot and killed at the scenes.

We are further outraged by the statement of the Palestinian Authority, who after days of escalating violence in Jerusalem, went so far as to condemn Israel for its “policy of escalation” and the deaths of the two terrorists, but did nothing to repudiate the reprehensible violence the terrorists committed.

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JFED SRQ’s Milk & Honey Radio Show Debuts Oct. 4

25 Sep

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Join The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Community Relations Director Jessi Sheslow as she debuts a weekly radio show on WSRQ beginning Sunday, Oct. 4 from 10-11 a.m. Interested in becoming a sponsor of The Milk & Honey Radio Show? Contact Robin Leonardi at (941) 552-6307;

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Yom Kippur: Affirming Our Humanity for Those in Need

18 Sep


The tragic image of the lifeless body of a boy washing up on the shores of a Turkish beach is reminiscent of the iconic image of the little girl in the red coat in Schindler’s list. It reminds us of a chapter in the history of the world in which we forgot our humanity.

Nothing could stir up more emotions into our collective Jewish consciousness than the despair of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict and death with no country willing to offer sufficient  refuge.

As we celebrate Yom Kippur in a few days, we are reminded of our duty to set aside xenophobia and go the extra mile to affirm the humanity of the weak and downtrodden. We were ourselves, once, strangers in a foreign land.

At the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee we urge all official bodies and governments – the U.N., Europe and the U.S. – to collectively work to end the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of lost men, women and children.

*Photo credit: Nilufer Demir/DHA, via Reuters


11 Sep

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In Observance of Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Offices will be Closed Sept. 14-15


Rosh Hashanah Wishes from the President of Israel,
Reuven Rivlin
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